IT WASN'T the result they wanted, but the Wide Bay Thundercats still gave their fans plenty to feel proud of.
There was barely a seat left in the Hervey Bay PCYC as about 700 people came to watch the Thundercats double header during the latest round of the Queensland State Netball League at the weekend.
Coming off a 58-31 loss to the unbeaten Rocky Leagues Club Claws on Saturday night, the home side battled hard against the Golden South Jaguars without their captain Katrina Tate before eventually falling 57-25 to the title contenders yesterday.
Despite losing both contests, the Thundercats' performance was a vast improvement on their efforts in last week's double header in Brisbane.
Hervey Bay's Lohnet Wanihi had one of her best outings in Wide Bay colours, taking out the team's player of the match award in yesterday's game.
But it was the emergence of young gun Taylor Crossley that provided the most optimism for the team moving forward.
The 17-year-old shooter, who has yet to finish high school, was always a threat when she was on the court with her hunger for the ball and tenacity adding spark to their attack.
More remarkable is the fact she has yet to train with her new teammates since joining the team last weekend.
A Wide Bay schoolgirls representative, Crossley said she had settled in well under coach Kerrianne Farrelly and was enjoying the strong combination she had with fellow Kingaroy player Libby Daniels in the front half of the court.
"I'm loving it. It's good hard netball and everything I've wanted," she said.
"I feel comfortable with the girls already and it's just a really great atmosphere here.
"I'm proud to be a part of it.
"I want to go into the rest of the season trying to have fun and prove to myself and to KC (Kerrianne Farrelly) that I deserve to be here and strive to improve my netball."
The Thundercats now hold a 1-5 win-loss record after the weekend, but with a showdown against the Darling Downs Panthers, who were also beaten in both their matches at the weekend, coming up on Saturday, Crossley was confident the team could rebound with a win.
"The loss doesn't matter to us so much as long as we go out and play good netball, that's all we really look for," she said. "Performing to the standard we want.
"But we're improving all the time and if we continue to dig deep and stay strong, especially in the state league, we will be fine."